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Ruth Rowland

Ruth Rowland


Born in Liverpool and now based in London, Ruth Rowland has been working as a lettering artist for over two decades. When she first started in the area of illustrated type, it wasn’t a widely explored field. Her early influences were Modernist and Dada typography, Abstract Expressionism, and Punk.

Early in her career, she worked for a range of music clients including 4AD Records, Elton John, Joan Armatrading, UB40, Duran Duran and the Rolling Stones – often rendering their lyrics in illustrative lettering. More recently they’ve included James Blunt, John Lennon’s estate and Chrissie Hynde.

She continues to develop her style and approach, always looking for new ways of illuminating the alphabet.


After studying for her BA in Illustration in Newcastle upon Tyne, Ruth went to Central Saint Martin’s and did an MA in hand-drawn lettering, calligraphy and experimental typography.


In Ruth’s studio you'll find antique dip ink pens and Japanese brushes lying next to a Mac and Wacom tablet. She collects pens and brushes and uses them to work with ink on paper, which is then scanned and developed on screen in Photoshop and Illustrator.


Ruth delivers letter styles to order - wild or elegant, casual or ornate, edgy or playful… you can decide. Briefs usually range from one word or phrase to blocks of copy or full colour illustrations. She has always been fascinated with experimenting with words as images.

Client List

  • Coca Cola
  • BBC
  • Virgin Records
  • Cosmopolitan Magazine
  • HarperCollins
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Country Living Magazine
  • Random House
  • Thorntons
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Newsweek Magazine
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Lettering for Country Living Magazine ©Ruth Rowland
Illustration for sky delta cover by Ruth Rowland
Hand lettered illustration for Energy Tariff article by Ruth Rowland
Hand lettereing illustration for Wanderlust Magazine by Ruth Rowland
Chrissie Hynde/Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
James Blunt/ Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
BAA Welcome Campaign Strap lines Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
CAFOD Poster Campaign Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Aruba Poster Campaign Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Brisbane Map for Wall St Journal, Asia. ©Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
The Great Dolomite Road AAA Magazine Article Map Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Haruki Murakami book titles Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Dawn French and Gok Wan book titles Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Dr Whot Book titles Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Love is all ... Logo Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Park Avenue Hotel Logo Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Lettering illustration for Pixar Wired Magazine by Ruth Rowland
Hand lettering illustration for Country Living by Ruth Rowland
Bill Wyman/Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Paul McCartney/Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Illustration of simple minds
Pilot Pen Ads strap lines Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist.
Money Matters Maps Sainsburys Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
ADAC Magazine Abu Dhabi Map Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Mumbai Map for Wall Street Journal, Asia. Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Book titles historic novels Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Nicholas Coleridge Book titles Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Saltwater Restaurant Logo Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
David Salisbury Logo Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Webster Pen Shop Logo Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist

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